Lunchtime Organ Recital with David Halls

The RSCM will host a special, interactive lunchtime organ recital at 1.00pm on Friday 30 April.

David Halls will perform a wide-ranging, accessible 40-minute recital, followed by a live Q+A session, in conversation.

David will showcase not only the Cathedral’s magnificent 4-manual Father Willis organ, but also one of his own recent compositions, published by RSCM.

The RSCM is committed to supporting organists in their vital role of providing support for worship in church, and the conversation will also highlight current and future initiatives and resources for developing this work.

Born in 1963, David Halls was taught the piano from the age of four. Whilst a pupil at Harrogate Grammar School, he was Assistant Organist at St Wilfrid’s, Harrogate, and studied the organ with Adrian Selway at St Peter’s Church, Harrogate, Ronald Perrin at Ripon Cathedral and later with Thomas Trotter in London. David won an Organ Scholarship to Worcester College, Oxford and graduated in 1984 with an Honours Degree in Music. He passed both the Associate and Fellowship Examinations of The Royal College of Organists in the same year, being awarded five prizes and the Silver Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians.

He studied in Winchester for a post-graduate Certificate in Education and was Organ Scholar of Winchester Cathedral under the guidance of Martin Neary and James Lancelot. He was appointed Director of Music at Salisbury Cathedral in September 2005.

In addition to his daily duties in the cathedral, David has toured Austria, Estonia, France, Holland, Italy, Latvia, Sweden and the USA with the Cathedral Choir and has appeared as conductor, accompanist and soloist in many concerts and recordings. In demand as a recitalist in cathedrals and churches throughout the UK, he has recorded two solo CDs and a DVD on the Willis Organ in Salisbury Cathedral. He is active as a composer with many choral and organ works published in the UK and USA.

Recital Programme

Overture Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg Richard Wagner
Allegretto Herbert Sumsion
Passacaglia and Fugue David Halls
Jig (from Five Dances) John Gardner
Prelude et Toccata sur ‘Victimae Paschali Laudes’ Denis Bedard
Coronation March ‘Crown Imperial’ William Walton